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Sparks Steak House

New York is a city of many exceptional steakhouses, but few can match the quality of the steaks or the old-fashioned authenticity of Sparks. Opened in 1966, the restaurant possesses the dubious distinction of having been the site where notorious Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano and underboss Thomas Bilotti were gunned down in 1985 on orders from John Gotti. The dim interior features endless rows of illuminated landscape oil paintings in gilded frames, rococo furniture and dark woods. It is a resolutely masculine restaurant. Patrons frequently used to enjoy postprandial cigars from the restaurant’s impressive humidor before the nannyism of the Bloomberg administration.

The restaurant also has some idiosyncrasies: there are no rib eyes or porterhouses on the menu. But with their thick, salt-crusted, charred prime sirloins and their tender filet mignons, which are among the very best in the city, one does not really miss the omissions. They also have an exceptionally reasonably priced wine list that offers excellent pairing options. The service is professional and formal. Sparks is a natural choice for a classic steak dinner that pairs a distinctive and traditional ambience with impeccable food.

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INFORMATION

Midtown East
210 E. 46th St.
New York (nr. Third Ave.)
212-687-4855
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
    Pasquale A. Cetta, Chef
    Michael A. Cetta, Chef

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